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Railways to be renationalised?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by modelmaker, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54197168

    "Some UK railway franchises could be nationalised when emergency deals set up during the coronavirus pandemic expire on Sunday.

    Insiders said talks between the government and train firms on new deals were going "right to the wire".

    The government has pumped billions of pounds into the railways to cover the fall in ticket revenue from low passenger numbers during the pandemic.

    But sources said some contracts could be handed back to the government.

    Many private operators are expected to remain in place under similar emergency arrangements, but some may decide to opt out"


    It's a funny old world ain't it? Tories nationalising the railways? Who'd have thought that?
     
  2. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    The alternative is the ToCs go bust and there are no train services.
     
  3. ajrowing

    ajrowing Star commenter

    It is one of the many reasons so many people voted for Jeremy Corbyn, he is just putting into action his manifesto promises.
     
    nervousned and monicabilongame like this.
  4. colacao17

    colacao17 Lead commenter

    Tories nationalise debt.
    If/when the railways become profitable again, they'll be privatised again.
     
    Ellakits, bonxie, modelmaker and 2 others like this.
  5. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    A great idea. I'm no fan of the French, but they've done a great job with SNCF (and of course managed to snaffle a lot of cash from the EU to do so).
    If you travel around Europe, you often seem to find that in many ways, whilst they are not always better at everything to do with railways, there seems to be a general pride in making it work. DB in Germany is legendary for efficiency, and the options, frequency of trains and coverage of the Italian rail system is a joy. As are the prices!

    So, roll on British Railways again. And let's get some lorries and cars off the road.
     
  6. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    That's what we need in this country - someone to get the trains running on time.
     
    ajrowing likes this.
  7. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Step forward ( drum roll)………...the domBoris pantomime horse !
     
    nervousned and ajrowing like this.
  8. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    They want to spend money sprucing them up before handing them back.
     
  9. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    There's nothing to spruce up. The ToCs don't own much of anything.
     
  10. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    It should be of course
     

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